England goalkeeper Jack Butland has been forced to pull out of the Three Lions squad for six weeks after breaking his finger during training, meaning he won’t be starting in Friday night’s game against Germany.
The injury took place during England’s training session on Thursday. After seeing a Specialist Friday morning, Stoke medical staff decided the 24-year-old would not require surgery, but will be sidelined until Christmas.
The absence will see him miss some important Premier League games for Stoke City against Brighton, Crystal Palace, Liverpool and Swansea and a trip to Wembley on December 9 to face Tottenham.
Following his latest knock, Butland tweeted: “Bit of luck wouldn’t go a miss, but can’t keep me down for long! Be back soon.”
This is not the first time Butland has been injured while on duty with England. In March last year he suffered a fractured ankle while playing against Germany with setbacks in his recovery kept him out for 14 months.
While struggling West Ham stopper Joe Hart is available and has had the captain’s armband before, England manager Gareth Southgate is expected to pick Everton No1 Jordan Pickford and make Eric Die captain for his country for the first time.
The Stoke and England keeper has become the sixth player forced to drop out of the squad as he joins Harry Kane, Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling, Fabian Delph and Harry Winks all pulled out through injury.
Southgate has been forced to call in five uncapped players for the game, Tammy Abraham, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Jack Cork, Joe Gomez and Jordan Pickford.
Had Butland played in Friday’s match, this would have been the first time he has ever starred in successive matches for England after he played in England’s 1-0 World Cup qualifier win over Lithuania at the beginning of October.